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Discover Bali: How to Enjoy a Short Stay in Seminyak
While many travellers to Bali enjoy weeks of sunshine, sand, and swimming, not every visitor is lucky enough to enjoy the slow pace of life the Balinese love. For some fly in, fly out visitors of the Indonesian island, Bali is about packing as much into a short amount as time as possible.
Have you found yourself with just 36 hours to spend in Seminyak? Here’s how you can make the most of it.
Get to know Seminyak
First things first, when flying to Seminyak with ExecuJet - get to know your destination. A favourite amongst luxurious-loving travellers, Seminyak is Bali’s most fashionable beach and is home to a number of fine dining restaurants, boutiques, and stylish resorts. From Jalan Petitenget to Jalan Kayu Aya, you’ll brush shoulders with international chefs cooking up world-class cuisine, celebrities in oversized sunnies, and corporate CEOs looking to escape the office for a quick getaway following signing an insanely lucrative deal.
Compared to its sister sands of Kuta and Legian, Seminyak offers a secluded ambiance that’s gained an international following. Leaving after just 36 hours is going to be tough.
Find great accommodation
Most of Seminyak’s luxury hotels are along Jalan Kayu Aya, running parallel to Petitenget Beach. This includes The Haven, an indulgent sanctuary that brings together outstanding contemporary design, tropical landscaping, personalised service, and an abundance of five star facilities. Walking distance to boutique shopping, the trendiest night spots and some of Bali’s most famous beaches, it’s a hub of luxury in Bali’s most sought after neighbourhood.
Another spectacular resort to base your stay is The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa, a five-star collection of modern rooms, suites and villas located directly on the shores of of Seminyak Beach. Alternatively, you could book your own private villa with pool.
If you don’t feel like venturing too far from your resort, you don’t have to thanks to the plethora of things to do directly in Seminyak.
Get a massage
Most hotels and resorts have their own exclusive spa but if they don’t have the right spa experience for you, pay a visit to your neighbouring hotels or to one of the local day spas. Bali Gift Spa is a hidden gem with incredible hot stone massages and Sundari Day Spa is another favourite.
Have a Bintang or cocktail at Potato Head Beach Club
Potato Head is a hugely popular spot where beautiful people, a beautiful beachfront and a beautiful infinity pool combine. Get there before 10am if you want to score a cabana, or at least put your name down for one at reception. Worth the effort, your cabana comes with your own waiter for the day, who will spoil you with endless cocktails, Bintang beers, and nibbles. After sunset you can dine at Tapping Shoes, a modern French fine dining restaurant headed by Japanese chef Hiraku Take.
Eat some food
If you the thought of eating something a little more “Indo” excites you, the good news is there are plenty of great restaurants to choose from. Chandi is a must, a gastronomic twist on Pan Asian cuisine. Featuring organically grown greens, spices, fruits, and roots from local Bedugul farmers, the ever evolving menu is committed to creativity and excellence. Stop for lunch and enjoy crisp curry coconut dumplings and pineapple pork belly nasi goreng or go all out with a Full Moon Balinese Tasting - 8 traditional Balinese flavours served over a 3-course meal.
Seminyak is a treasure trove of designer boutiques, international surf shops and lifestyle brand outlets. Most of the boutiques can be found along Jalan Laksmana, but for world-class island-based jewellery pieces, visit the House of Jemme on Jalan Petitenget. For glamourous tropical wear, head to Biasa Bali on the main road or Animale, the St. Tropez label that’s set up its headquarters in Seminyak. If it’s market shopping you prefer, the Seminyak Markets won’t let you down.
Seek some culture
Petitenget Temple is a sacred and peaceful centuries-old place of worship. Referred to as Pura Petitenget by the locals it’s one of the few cultural landmarks of the upscale beach resort area. Red bricks and sandstone make up most of the temple’s architecture, and up the dragon staircase you’ll find a vast courtyard where dozens of different shrines and small pavilions are draped in traditional Balinese chequered cloth. An eerie and hallowed sight it’s a must visit for culture without leaving Seminyak.
Bali is renowned for its party lifestyle so it would be rude not to enjoy a little of it, right? La Favela is set in what looks like a long forgotten colonial building overrun by rainforest. Resembling a private house party, it’s a favourite club amongst frequent visitors who like the family-esque ambiance. For something a little more trendy, head to Mint for late night cocktail sipping and dancing. Everything you’d expect from an international night club, it offers a constant flow of big name DJs.
Having your own driver is cheap and easy in Bali so there’s no excuse not to venture out of Seminyak to gain some more insight into Bali life. Even if you don’t go too far, you can still pack lots into your 36 hours. You could:
Visit Tanah Lot, Bali’s most visited temple. Aim to go at sunset, as part of its charm is the way the unique architectural structure is framed by the orange sun behind it.
Drive to Penglipuran Village where it’s possible to appreciate traditional Balinese architecture and gain insight into life before the tourist industry arrived. The village is also home to a stunning bamboo forest, perfect for a stroll before returning to Seminyak.
Whatever you choose to do with your short stay in Seminyak, make sure to take it all in. Bali boasts one of the most diverse and innovative performing arts cultures in the world, so stop and watch the performances and celebrations that are constantly happening around you.
About 83% of Bali’s population identifies as Hindu and their religion and beliefs offer a certain magic that’s hard to find elsewhere. A composite belief system based on theology, philosophy, mythology, ancestor worship, animism and magic pervades nearly every aspect of traditional life, so be sure to enjoy it.
As nice as it is to stay by the pool, there’s a whole lot to see and experience and here at ExecuJet we want to help you see and feel it all. Most importantly, ensure you always travel in comfort and style when choosing your next holiday destination by choosing ExecuJet for all your private charter needs.